How to increase the availability of QuickType in iOS 8

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 17, 2014

iOS 8 ushered in a new QuickType predictive text feature that is bolted on to the top of the keyboard. The purpose of the QuickType feature is to help you type faster by predicting the words you might use next. I find that QuickType is usually a hate it or love it feature, but some people swear by it.

For those of you who can’t live without QuickType, there’s a brand new jailbreak tweak that may garner your interest. It’s called SystemWidePredictiveText, and it enables the iOS 8 QuickType feature in places where it’s not normally available. Read More

 

Slingshot adds swiping between selfie and frontie and more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 17, 2014

Slingshot, Facebook’s weird ephemeral messaging app, is actually getting better and more useful with each update.

After releasing a major 2.0 version rebuilt from the ground up and enriched with such new features as private reactions, photo filters, drawings, emojis and notifications on a per-contact basis.

Today’s update keeps smoothing out the remaining few rough edges.

For instance, you can now switch smoothly between your iPhone’s front-facing FaceTime camera for ‘selfies’ and the iSight camera out the back for ‘fronties’ by swiping left and right. Read More

 

Let’s Talk Jailbreak 86: Tempting for thieves

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 16, 2014

Episode 86: We talk about Adam Bell’s upcoming CarPlay jailbreak tweak, the iOS 8.1.2 jailbreak, downgrading to iOS 8.1.1, Auxo for iOS 8, two new alarm clock tweaks, and a tweak that lets you take screenshots without the status bar…sort of.

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LockSmoother+ provides an elegant looking Lock screen on iOS 8

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 16, 2014

If you have an especially good-looking Lock screen wallpaper, perhaps you find it annoying when iOS clutters it up with all of its Lock screen UI elements. If so, then LockSmoother+ is something that you may want to give a shot. It’s a $0.99 jailbreak tweak that just became available today on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. As its name states, LockSmoother’s goal is to provide a smoother and sleeker looking Lock screen that can compliment beautiful wallpaper. But does it work? Read More

 

Share Widget for iOS 8: add sharing options for Twitter, Facebook, and more to Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 16, 2014

Share Widget for iOS 8 is a brand new jailbreak tweak that allows you to add a handy share widget to the Today view in iOS 8’s Notification Center. The tweak, which contains options for Twitter, FaceBook, Mail, Messages and others, also allows you to attach images to outgoing messages using a simple tap and hold gesture. Read More

 

ReachWeather: view current weather conditions when invoking Reachability

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 16, 2014

Do you ever wish that you could use the blank space that appears when invoking Reachability on the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus? The developer of ReachWeather apparently did, and so he did something about it. ReachWeather is a new jailbreak tweak that uses the available Reachability real estate to place something useful there—current weather conditions for a predetermined location. Read More

 

How to add a round dock to the iPhone’s Home screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 16, 2014

Interested in rounding off the look of your iPhone’s dock? If so, there’s a new jailbreak tweak that you should check out, which is aptly entitled RoundDock. RoundDock is a brand new jailbreak tweak available on the BigBoss repo that will round the corners of your Home screen dock at the bottom of the SpringBoard. Read More

 

Apple airs new holiday commercial “The Song”

By Cody Lee on Dec 14, 2014

Apple today began airing a new holiday-themed commercial entitled “The Song.” The spot showcases products from all of the company’s major device lines, including a MacBook Air, iPhone and iPad, and how they can be used to create “thoughtful, emotional gifts.”

More specifically, the ad shows a woman using her MacBook Air and GarageBand to record herself singing along with a recording of her grandmother from several years ago. She then presents the song to her on an iPad, as a gift, and as you can imagine, it’s a big hit. Read More

 

How to take iPhone screenshots without the status bar

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 13, 2014

Everyone knows that the status bar tends to get in the way when taking screenshots. Either your battery’s near death, which makes the screenshot looks a bit odd, or your signal strength is low, etc. Having a status bar tends to make screenshots look a bit asymmetrical. A new jailbreak tweak, aptly entitled NoBarScreen, allows you to take screenshots without a status bar. Read More

 

Clone Alarm: a new tweak for those who don’t trust having a single alarm clock

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 13, 2014

I thought I was the only weirdo who sets seven or eight different alarms staggered out by a few minutes. I do this because I have a fear of waking up late and missing important appointments. With Clone Alarm, a recently released jailbreak tweak, setting multiple alarms just got a whole lot easier. Read More

 

This tweak will make sure you never accidentally set an alarm for the evening

By Sébastien Page on Dec 12, 2014

Born and raised in France where we use 24-hour clocks, the AM/PM time is something I had to adapt to when I moved to the States. It’s not complicated to figure out, but it’s easy to accidentally take one for the other. A new tweak called PM, really? wants to make sure you never accidentally set an alarm for the evening (PM), when clearly you wanted to be waken up in the morning (AM). Read More

 

Auxo for iOS 8 is in the works

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 11, 2014

For those of you who are fans of Auxo, one of the most popular and well-regarded jailbreak tweaks of all time, you can now rest easy. Last night, the folks at a3tweaks confirmed that an Auxo update is in the works for the latest jailbreak releases. That means that, yes, you’ll soon be able to enjoy the Auxo experience on iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus’ glorious screens.  Read More

 

How to jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 with TaiG 1.2

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 9, 2014

TaiG has released version 1.2 of its iOS 8 jailbreak tool, and it’s now capable of jailbreaking iOS 8.1.2. As has been the norm with the past few jailbreak releases, this is a Windows only jailbreak tool. If you’re running Windows, you can follow our step-by-step tutorial. If you’re on a Mac, you can use our virtual machine tutorial to run Windows on OS X and jailbreak. Read More

 

LockGlyph updates result in a significantly better Lock screen tweak

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 9, 2014

LockGlyph, a tweak that we reviewed last month, was met with a ho-hum response due to some of its shortcomings. It’s a tweak that brings the Apple Pay authentication animation and sound to the Lock screen. It was slow, a little clunky, and lacked many of the customization options necessary to make it great. However, some recent updates have quickly changed the perception of this jailbreak tweak. Read More

 

How to change the iPhone 6 Reachability background color

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 8, 2014

ColorReachability is a recently released jailbreak tweak that allows iPhone 6 users to switch up the color of their Reachablity background. Reachability, as you’ve no doubt heard, allows users of large screen devices like the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to shift down the iOS interface so that it can be efficiently used with one hand. If you find Reachability’s look to be too boring and pedestrian, ColorReachability can go a long way towards changing that. Read More

 

Apple Watch UI tweak ‘Aeternum’ receives a huge update

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 8, 2014

Aeternum, arguably the best Apple Watch UI jailbreak tweak available on Cydia, received a massive update today. The update brings lots of fixes and several notable new features to the table. If you purchased Aeternum the past, but felt it wasn’t ready for prime time, you may want to check it out again now that it’s received its notable 1.0.2.3 update. Read More

 

Switchability: an upcoming tweak that combines Reachability, the App Switcher, and Safari’s 3D tab view

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 8, 2014

A new upcoming jailbreak tweak promises to combine multiple iOS features into a cool new app switching interface called Switchability. The tweak, which is previewed inside on video, combines the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus’ Reachability mode along with the App Switcher and Safari’s 3D tab view. The result of such a combination may seem like it would be a mess, but after seeing it demonstrated in the preview video, I think it might just work. Read More

 

How to create animated GIFs out of burst photos

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 8, 2014

BurstGIF is a brand new jailbreak tweak that lets users convert burst photos into animated GIFs. Since burst photos capture large sequences of photos within a short time span, they are perfect candidates for GIF animations. BurstGIF isn’t without its shortcomings, but it’s one of the best options for converting your burst photography into animated masterpieces.  Read More

 

Predix: predict when your iPhone’s battery will fully charge or die

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 7, 2014

Predix is a new jailbreak tweak that presents the time until your device’s battery is scheduled to die or fully charge. It does so by means of a heads up display in the center of the iPhone’s screen.

If you’re looking for an easy way to keep tabs on battery life, including handy predictions on charging and discharging remaining time, then you’ll want to look into this thoughtful jailbreak tweak. Read More

 

Apple introduces new ‘Change’ iPad Air 2 ads

By Cody Lee on Dec 7, 2014

Apple today introduced two new iPad Air 2 ads. The two clips began airing today during NFL broadcasts, and are both variations of a one minute video Apple posted on its website this weekend as part of its new ‘Change’ iPad campaign.

The new commercials differ from the previous ‘Your Verse‘ spots, which each told stories of how various people used their iPads. Instead, the ‘Change’ ads each demonstrate how a variety of people use their tablets in unconventional ways. Read More

 
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